The Most Important Mom Lesson I Learned in 2011

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Be still my heart: Petunia meets Peony on her birth day in August

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious when I was pregnant about how I could possibly love the new baby as much as my toddler.

In the days immediately prior to giving birth, I would stand over my 3-year-old while she slept, weeping silent apologies for ever thinking I needed another baby. She was totally enough, I said to myself.

And then Peony was born.

Which is when I learned my biggest lesson of the year, if not ever.

My heart is as big as all of my children.

I’m not sure what the point of my life was before both of my daughters were born, but I’ve never been more sure in the time since that they are collectively the air that fill my lungs.

My love simply doubled in size when the baby was born at the end of August, and it keeps growing exponentially every day.

I had no idea when I rang in 2011 just how much love would be in my life by the end of the year. But as we enter 2012, I have no doubt how fulfilled I am, and it’s something for which I’ll be giving thanks each and every day.

What did you learn about yourself as a mom (or dad) in 2011?

Image: Meredith Carroll

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